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About Panico's

Situated on Church Street steps way from the Hyatt Hotel and a mere three blocks from New Brunswick's Theater District, stands Panico's. Since 1987 Panico's has been impressing lovers of fine food and impeccable service in a warm and elegant atmosphere.

Panico's is known for fine wines and classic and innovative Italian cuisine. The artistically presented dishes are splendid examples of Italian Cuisine at its finest. panicos a family owned business is the only restaurant in New brunswick that makes everything from our fresh breads to desserts everyday in our wood fired oven at our sister place across the street Panicos Brick oven pizzeria which carries a large selection of pizza with an extensive menu that is much more than pizza. we carry a full bar at both locations.. So if the occassion is for an elegant meal at panicos restaurant or a more casual dinner at the Brick oven bar and grill we offer everything to make your meal complete to satisfy your palate.

103 Church Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner Nightly: 3:30pm - 10:00pm Saturday 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday 3:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Nielson Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(732) 545-6100

Website:
http://www.panicosrestaurant.com/

Entertainment:
lounge open all night 50% off drinks after 10 at night $14.99 lunch specials daily offering a salad, entree dessert and coffee mondat thru fri 11am til 5 pm and all day sundays

Catering:
Special packages from A - Z.

Parking Details:
Church Street public parking garage located across the street.

Executive Chef:
Nestor Ramos

Private Party Facilities:
We can accommodate a private party up to 150 people.

Private Party Contact:
Lisa: (732) 545-6100

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Details
Mon - Fri 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 5:00PM

Panico's Ratings and Reviews

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4.0

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

78% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (7)
Romantic (6)
Authentic (5)
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Cozy (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Business Meals (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Good for Groups (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Seasonal (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

One of our favorites for many years. We often recommend it to friends and family.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Dee - the bartender was an outstanding social hostess. Dees recommendations were fabulous as well as her conversation and attention to detail. If we come back it’ll be when Dee is working. Truly a great evening!

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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·Dined on December 7, 2017

We were very uncomfortable. The restaurant should never have accepted reservations if the restaurants main dining room had been previously reserved for a company's xmas party. We had the option to sit in a tiny back room, that smelled of gas and felt like a closet. We opted for the main dining room and were literally part of their awards ceremony. It's understandable if we were walk ins but to accept our reservations... was very greedy on the restaurant's part (Yes, we could have left but we had purchased a local flavor deal prior to our arrival).

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Beautiful restaurant. Excellent service. Food was delicious

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

The food was okay, my risotto was very good my husband's sea food dish was somewhat tasteless. The service was efficient but seemed rushed.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Awesome all around. Service, food and ambiance. A must go to

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Awesome place! Food, service and atmosphere was outstanding! Would definitely return and recommend this restaurant to family and friends.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

I love this place. For some reason, it doesn't get the recognition that it deserves. My husband and I always enjoy the beauty, peaceful setting , the attention from the wait staff and the delicious food. I highly recommend it. Heads up--at times they have big parties and this will change the atmosphere so if you're looking for a romantic lovely stop, ask about that.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Love the atmosphere here..warm and welcoming as is the staff. We are always made to feel important! We shared clams to start, prepared with white wine and garlic as requested. Always a good thing when you can have it your way! We both chose the chicken balsamic for dinner. Chicken pieces were pounded in a lovely balsamic sauce. It came with mashed potatoes and asparagus. We washed it down with a reasonably priced bottle of Sauvignon blanc.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Used to come here frequently years ago, the current I carnation doesn't measure up in terms of food quality. Very overpriced for the quality of food we were served.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Upon arrival we were greeted warmly and offered a choice of seating in the restaurant. We received personalized service from both the maître d' and two waiters. Our meal was served with care and it was delicious. The restaurant's atmosphere was lovely. It was quiet which is such a treat in today's climate of noisy restaurants. Music was playing quietly and it was all Italian songs which was a nice reinforcement of the Italian ambiance. I definitely recommend Panico's for everyday dining, for lunch and for special occasions. The location is great also (directly across the street from a parking garage).

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Disabled Access, Authentic, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We were embarrassingly late for our reservation but they were able to accommodate us. Food was delicious and portions were perfect.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Always walked by this Place going to Stress Factory or other Restaurants/Bars nearby and wanted to go in as it looked like one of the Nicer Italian Restaurants in New Brunswick. However, while it looks nice and upscale, the food does not compare.

Across the street from this Location is a smaller Panico's that is a Pizzeria. While I have not had any food from that location, the food I was served at the Restaurant is what I would expect of the Pizzeria. There was nothing that set this Restaurant out from any other average Restaurant/Pizzeria. Although one could argue that their Prices are above average because for the quality of food, it was WAY overpriced.

The appetizer we chose was an Al Pollo Flatbread. This could have easily been something I curated myself in my kitchen with flavorless grilled chicken, sliced beefsteak tomato, and pre-packed Mozzarella. Next was our Entree's, both of which consisted of Chicken. While we had two totally Entree's, the chicken was the same; grilled with some dry herb seasoning (same as on the Flatbread...). The Desserts we chose were the Chocolate Chip Cannoli and the Chocolate Souffle. While the Desserts were good, can you ever say you went to a Restaurant and had a bad Dessert?

For the total price I paid for two ($160), which included 1 Appetizer, 2 Entree's, 2 Dessert's, 2 Beer's and 2 Wine's, I would rather go next store to Steakhouse 85 and have a real meal for only $60 more. I will definitely look elsewhere next time I am looking for Italian food in New Brunswick and so should you.

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Come hungry. Big portions. Food is good. Too noisy. Inside an old church. Bench seating is not nice. Cushions too soft and too on top of one another.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 13, 2017

I haven't been to New Brunswick in many years and was hoping that Panicos would be as good as I remember. Still has the best Osso bucco I've ever had.

Tags: Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Houston)·Dined on August 25, 2017

I was in for a very late lunch/early dinner. I was left alone for very long periods of time. Luckily, I was not in a hurry. My calamari was good but way overpriced. My shrimp Alfredo was simply good, the shrimp were tough, and it too was way overpriced. I think it gets so many good reviews because people are nostalgic. I would not go back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2017

We have been here a number of times for their excellent Italian menu. Ambiance and service are always equally good. Front dining area is near bar with sports tv. Rear area is romantic and low-lit, perfect for dates or special occasions.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Live Sports, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 11, 2017

This restaurant appears to be living off of their reputation from 10 years ago. We were there on an evening when there was a performance at the State Theatre and were the only ones there. The service from the staff was slow and inattentive while we've had much better meals for a lot less money at neighborhood Italian restaurants.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 11, 2017

My father in law turned 90 years old. We had a wonderful meal this pasted Sunday 6/11/17.
The food and service was excellent. Would return again for a great meal.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Dependably good food and good service. There was a function in the main dining room, so we were seated in what used to be a private room..very very nice. We shared Caesar salad and stuffed clams to start. Dinners were veal parmigiana, veal Francese, and a soecial of shrimp on angel hair pasta. Portions were substantial and quality was excellent.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charleston)·Dined on May 29, 2017

Really enjoyed our Memorial Day lunch. Fresh tuna was excellent. Sauvignon Blanc delicious. One thing: not enough rosé chilled for our group! Overall, very nice dining experience.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for a Date, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Excellent food, lovely dining room, mediocre service (waitress may have been inexperienced or simply overwhelmed), annoyingly noisy at 8:00 PM (blame unrefined clientele for that -- not mgt's fault)

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 5, 2017

The apps were fine, though the clams oreganata were particularly tiny. Our entrees were quite good, especially the linguini primavera. Deserts were tasty too. Service, however was poor. Our waiter was virtually non-existent. When we needed some silverware, I got it myself. If we wanted a drink, any drink, we had to get a different waiter go find ours. And the bussing staff didn't have a clue what they were doing. It was like a few kids from the neighborhood showed up in black shirts and were never told what they were to do or how to do it. Kind of disappointing for a place like this.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 21, 2017

The food was not great. The rigatoni was over cooked in two of the main courses. And the taste was ok.
The service was ok.
Not going to come back again

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 21, 2017

We were going to a show at the State Theater and we wanted some place that was not too expensive, the food good, not too noisy, and could accommodate our different diets. Panico's hit the mark on all of them. We'd go back there.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Cozy, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 20, 2017

Very disappointed. My veal was very tough, hard to chew. My appetizer- clams casino - was no better then frozen apps heated up from the grocery store. Big drop in quality of food from my last visit.

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 (Miami)·Dined on April 15, 2017

4th time here and very disappointed this time . Quality of food was terrible . It had an very fishy odor when you walked in . Will or go again

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 2, 2017

Panico's used to be our "go-to" special occasion restaurant. It was old school Jersey Italian. Now the service is confusing, the menu lacks a POV and the food is nothing special. We were disappointed. Competition should make you improve but it seems to have had the opposite effect.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Great bartender and live musician! Had a great time.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 24, 2017

We have lived in the New Brunswick area for years but have never been tempted to visit Panico's. We went there on Fridat night and were pleasantly surprised. We were given a very nice window seat and served with excellent bread and oil. The beet salad--which we shared--was tasty. Our entrees were very nice as well. I had an excellent pork chop and my wife--who is very fastidious about fish dishes--thought he tuna was delicious. I think it is a solid 4-star establishment. The cappuccinos at the end of the meal were also quite good.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 4, 2017

First time here, it was nice to see Donald Trump in one of the pictures displayed out front! The service was excellent and the food, we really enjoyed the evening!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Happy Hour, Live Music, Hot Spot, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 26, 2017

We asked for their special veal chop, waited some time approximately ten minutes or more before being told they were out of veal. Ordered from regular menu my date had rib eye the meat was fairly good size but not to her liking and I ordered veal piccata, the veal was a little tough which does happen with veal but just did not taste the way I like. Overall we both decided we would prefer not to dine there again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Food was great but we felt rushed. Slow night and staff seemed eager to get home. Lights are too bright they should be dimmed.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Casual, Good for a Date, Cozy, Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Went for V-Day, didn't know and wasn't informed there was only a pre-fixed menu that evening, food was good, not great and service was fair. We've been there many times before and had much better food, service and experience, certainly wasn't the norm/standard for Panico's.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Food was fabulous!!!! Kitchen got backed up but it was worth the wait.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 13, 2017

Took my daughter and her college roommates out for Valentines Day. Had a great meal with exceptional service. Everything was great and I will be back!!!

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 12, 2017

Always a pleasure to dine here...food is excellent, ambience is warm and welcoming, and the service is outstanding! Nice to see so many people enjoying a Valentine's weekend meal out. We shared a Caesar salad to start. Both of us chose veal, parmigiana and francese. Accompanying pasta was as generous a portion as the veal. A lovely evening.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Great restaurant - we were pleasantly surprised. Terrific risotto special, attentive service, nice atmosphere and pleasant live piano music. Overall great experience and we will be back!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 18, 2017

Excellent service.... very attentive without being obtrusive. Excellent food as well!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2017

We love to dine here, especially on a Sunday evening. Atmosphere is warm and welcoming. Service is outstanding and we love the food! Our order was completely from the specials listing. We shared Frank's salad to start and both chose spicy angel hair with clams. Yum!

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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